Arsenal has confirmed the short-term deal for Nigerian defender, Joseph Olowu after joining Cork City on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old center-back moves to Turners Cross having made 11 appearances for the Gunners’ Under-23 team in Premier League 2 this season as the Rebel Army new coach Neale Fenn kicks off his first full season in charge with the visit of historic rivals Shelbourne on Friday night.

Olowu joined from Charlton Athletic at aged 13 said: “It was an exciting opportunity when I first heard it, and [I] thought that it’d be good for me to further my footballing career,”

“Neale explained to me the kind of football he wants to play – he wants to get it on the ground, play exciting football to get the fans on side, so that sounded good to me, to be honest.”

“On a personal note, I want to get a lot of game time in, and play as much football as possible and on a team basis, I want to help this team get into good position and keep pushing on for the season.

”On the Shelbourne season opener, Hale End graduate Olowu added: “I always love a game against a big rival.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges, to get the fans onside, and hopefully have a great atmosphere for the opening game of the season.”Fenn added:

“It’s taken a while to get it over the line; we have just been awaiting international clearance for the last few days, so we are very pleased to have now received that.

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“Joseph has been training with us for a while. He’s a center-back, he reads the game really well and obviously from being at Arsenal, he’s very good on the ball which is something we like at this club.

“He’s quick and he’s strong so he’s got all the attributes you could ask for.”

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